It's the hidden shame of our healthcare system. Diabetes now causes close to 1000 amputations a year in New Zealand - a toll which has risen by more than 40 per cent in a decade. As the obesity epidemic grows, even Kiwis in their 30s are losing their limbs. We've had more lower limb amputee cases from diabetes in the last four years than we did from returned soldiers after World War One. A NZ Herald Fair Care investigation has established that services in some areas are buckling and amputations have spiralled. Yet there is hope - amputations are highly


The sharp end of an epidemic

Why amputations happen

Dialysis and foot care

'People would rather lose a toe'

Amputation a 'postcode lottery'

Lethal rust

Targets missed

A young person's disease

A quiet killer